Let Me In (15)

Readers review this week's big film

"Just because Americans don't like subtitled films, it isn't an excuse to remake a modern classic."

Adam M Ali

"The Swedish movie was shockingly bad. That snotty boy's nose! That laughable exploding woman! I can't believe audiences didn't pick up on how dreadful it was. I welcome the US version."

Nigel Bartlett

"So slow... Although both main child actors put in fantastic performances, the pace of the story failed to inspire me."

Peter Blundell

"It is said that blood runs thicker than water, but there are no family ties here except an excessive demand aided by a guardian (The Father) whose work is cut out in seeking tasty victims who are supplemented by other unfortunates when the thirst set in. Juvenile love rears its sweet head, but is initially thwarted – 'I cannot be your steady, I've been 12 for a long time and I need blood.' However, something prevails... "

Brian Cripps

"Having seen the original and being a fan, I found this remake to be very good. Not only has it not significantly lost anything much from the original, I actually felt more in touch with the characters in this film. Remember, both films are an adaptation of a book, of which neither follows the plot exactly. Both films are very good takes on the main themes of the book and this remake most certainly isn't an insult to the original."


"The remake feels less weird than the original. For some that will mean it has been sanitised, when in fact there's more balance and symmetry. Even so, it's got an eerie strangeness that you don't tend to find in American horror films – and bullying and vampirism still make a perplexing thematic juxtaposition, so it's just as thought-provoking. The setting change from 1980s Sweden actually makes it easier for a UK audience to contextualise; the paranoia of the Reagan era seems the perfect backdrop for an exploration of evil. Plus it's confidently directed and the two leads are brilliant"

Victoria Meeker

"When a film is a remake, it is difficult not to compare it to the original. When it is also based on a remarkable novel, it is near impossible to let it stand on its own. I nevertheless made an attempt to view the American Let Me In (a remake of the Swedish Let the Right One In) with fresh eyes. I can say that it is one of the best vampire films/stories out in years. There was gore and fear and death. But I cannot completely recommend it compared with the original film. The silly, frenzied CGI effects immediately ruined moments for me. What made the book and the Swedish film so powerful was the slow build of terror, but this American remake starts with violence and action immediately. However, the remake is successful in creating a sense of atmosphere built on piercing loneliness and isolation. It is a good remake, but with such a fine original, why did anyone even bother? Also, Let the Right One In is a much better title."

Audra Birek

"It didn't cash in on the Twilight market. It remained true to its original roots."

Samantha Bailey

"I think it is a disgrace that they remake everything... "

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